I reviewed an ORF Galil receiver a few years ago, and while it could be built, it had several problems that may made it a challenging build for the even an experienced builder. Todd Grove at Ohio Rapid Fire produced a “new” receiver which he claims rectified all of the problems with his “old receiver.” A significant concern is that Todd has steadfastly refused to acknowledge any problems with the “old” receiver, describe what was changed on the “new” receiver, nor indicate how an “old” receiver can be differentiated from a “new” receiver.AK Files, 02-11-08, Todd Grove of ORF stated “We do not stand behind our products that are assembled by others”
AK Files, 02-12-08, Todd Grove at ORF stated “Right side had contact, left did not of approx .007.” This was in reference to the improperly machined receiver locking lugs, but he insisted that the builder was responsible for grinding the in-spec factory bolt, to fit his receiver.
ORF supplied the receivers to Century Arms International for their “Golani” Galil clone. There is rumor that Caspian Arms is now making a better receiver for Century Arms International, but I have yet to see one for evaluation. This review documents my build on this receiver, but is not a Galil-building tutorial per se. For a more thorough tutorial on building a Galil on a quality IMI receiver, please see my Galil Build Tutorial.
Shooting a rifle on his receiver resulted in the locking recesses mushrooming, and an independent facility that he agreed upon, concluded the receiver was not properly heat treated.
Given Todd’s unwillingness to deal with legitimate concerns, his constant lying, and shifting the blame for his defects onto the builder, I have serious doubts as to the value of this review. I certainly will never purchase another product from ORF, nor accept any of his products for builds.
Were these two features omitted, the barrel could simply be torqued on to wherever it stopped, top dead center marked, and these two operations done by the assembler. With these two features in place, if the barrel times short, the shoulder must be turned on lathe and possibly the chamber cut deeper. Not difficult since these are not chrome-lined barrels, but an extra $80-$120 expense for a chamber reamer. If it over times, the shoulder must be turned back and a spacing washer added (like an inch-pattern L1A1) so that it torques to top dead center.Hopefully, Green Mountain is now aware of these issues and will make subsequent barrels without these two “thanks for helping” machining operations.
The bolt carrier does not close all the way. The right side radius is too far to the rear. The radius on the top of the receiver to clear the web where the bolt carrier body joins the extension is significantly undersize. This is ridiculous. It doesn’t require any fancy testing equipment to take five seconds and drop a known-correct factory bolt and carrier in the receiver to test fit.Here I demonstrate proper fit of the bolt carrier in the IMI receiver.